Daily Archives: December 1, 2014

Boilers claim first national livestock judging championship since 1978

Boilers claim first national livestock judging championship since 1978

Tom Campbell

Connections Now

Breanna Lawyer didn’t get much time to celebrate Purdue’s first National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest championship since 1978. She had to get home so she could deliver a truckload of hogs to a sale in Oklahoma.

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Optimizing productivity and profitability in a fall calving herd

Optimizing productivity and profitability in a fall calving herd

Patrick Gunn

Cattle Network

Perhaps the biggest question is how early fall calving-cows should be weaned. It has been shown that weaning the calf can reduce nutrient requirements of the cow by as much as 30%-50%. As long as these calves are 90 or more days of age, this decision should be mostly dependent on the amount of stockpiled forage on hand.

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Plans To Import Live Cattle, Fresh Frozen Beef On The Way

Plans To Import Live Cattle, Fresh Frozen Beef On The Way

Pete Bonds

East Texas Review

On August 29, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow the importation of live cattle and fresh or frozen beef from Northern Argentina.

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Fear Drives Organic Marketing Success

Fear Drives Organic Marketing Success

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

I have often said that, if you want to sell a food product, just put the word “organic” or “Amish” on it. Food marketers have been doing this for decades with great success. But research now indicates that different words on food products are having a more significant impact on consumer buying decisions.

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Getting replacement heifers started right

Getting replacement heifers started right

Eric Mousel

HeiferPro

Now that most of the calves are weaned or will be weaned shortly, it may be a good time to start thinking about getting replacement heifers started right.

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Best Practices For A Successful Calving Season

Best Practices For A Successful Calving Season

Jessica Lavicky

Indiana Prairie Farmer

As calving season begins, it is wise to keep one eye on the weather and the other eye on the cows. Producers need to strive to save as many calves as possible through a high level of management. By optimizing herd health and maintaining adequate body condition scores, your cows can rebreed early – giving you the best profits and optimal time to prepare for a stress-free calving season.

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Getting replacement heifers started right

Getting replacement heifers started right

Farm and Ranch Guide

Now that most of the calves are weaned or will be weaned shortly, it may be a good time to start thinking about getting replacement heifers started right.

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A look at federally inspected slaughter

A look at federally inspected slaughter

Derrell Peel

FarmTalk

Data for federally inspected slaughter through November 1 indicates that total cattle slaughter was down 7.2 percent for the year to date compared to last year.  Cattle slaughter in October dropped further, down 9.2 percent year over year.

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Beef industry success can continue if segments work together

Beef industry success can continue if segments work together

Holly Martin

High Plains Journal

There’s a great story going on in the agriculture world. It’s one of an industry that faced some pretty tough challenges but began to turn its focus in a different direction, and thereby turning the story into a success story.

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Show Mom Diaries: The unsung heroes

Show Mom Diaries: The unsung heroes

Christy Couch Lee

Drovers

It was one of the scariest nights of our lives. Our almost-3-year-old daughter, Caroline, had gone to sleep with a fever and what appeared to be a touch of a stomach bug. During this time of year, that’s pretty much commonplace. And when it’s your third child, well, you feel like you’ve seen it all.

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